he Enugu State House of Assembly has asked Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revoke all undeveloped parcels of land allocated to individuals and corporate organisations in the urban areas in the state urgently.
The House also asked the governor to either retain the lands when revoked or re-allocate them to those willing to develop them for immediate use.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Donatus Uzogbado and 22 others.
Uzogbado had while presenting the motion said that undeveloped lands had become breeding grounds for criminals and should, therefore, be reallocated to those willing to develop them quickly, without stating the period of time such lands have to be developed.
“It is disheartening to discover that over a period of time, some people/agencies allocated government lands have either abandoned them or refused to develop them as stipulated in their allocation letters.
“Some have kept such lands for better deals in future. Mr. Speaker, this is not progressive and, therefore, unacceptable. It is worrisome that land agents/speculators will always position themselves at vantage positions to acquire lands for gains instead of needs,” Uzogbado added.
In his contribution, Sunday Ude-Okoye, representing Awgu North Constituency suggested that the lands to be revoked should not only be lands acquired by individuals but also Federal Government’s agencies.
Originally written By Emeka Mamah